Dental Hygiene at Blue Cross Dental Care, Watford
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Regular professional cleaning (scaling and polishing) combined with your home care will help keep your mouth healthy. Our Watford dental hygienist is specially trained to remove the deposits (tartar) that build-up on the teeth, the hygienist will also teach you how to prevent it reforming again, this helps to slow down the progress of gum disease. The hygienist will also discuss your diet and recommend other preventive measures to help slow down or prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Children can also benefit from having their teeth scaled and polished, the hygienist will re-educate patients reagrding the use of toothbrushes, electronic aids, dental floss and inter-dental brushes.
Plaque, tartar and surface stains are removed by gentle scrapping and polishing with prophylactic pastes.
We can offer you a specific oral hygiene programme to suit your individual needs.
FAQS for Dental Hygiene
Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist in providing care tailored to the patients. They play an important role in dental health care and are mainly concerned with gum health, education in correct home care and the application of preventive materials to the teeth and gums. The hygienist provides professional cleaning of the teeth for the patient. Most importantly they educate the patient in the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque.
Regular professional cleaning combined with your home care will help maintain a healthy mouth. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
The training of the hygienist is centred on preventing dental disease. Carefully removing the deposits that build up on the teeth and teaching you how to prevent it reforming again, will go a long way to slowing the progress of gum disease. Anti-bacterial gels and solutions can be applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease. By discussing your diet and recommending other preventive measures your decay rate can also be reduced.
Children can benefit from having their teeth polished. The hygienist can also apply fluoride gels and solutions to prevent decay. The permanent back teeth can also benefit from having the fissures sealed.
The hygienist has been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and can spend longer with you. They are also experts at teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. At times the hygienist will need two or more appointments getting the gums healthy and ready for the dentist to do the more complex treatment.
Scaling and polishing is usually pain-free, if no inflamation is present. However, if you do experience some discomfort the hygienist can eliminate this with the use of topical anaesthetic creams or by giving yu some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so that some pain control can be given.
You can do a great deal to help yourself and the hygienist as you are in control of your mouth between visits to the practice. Y our hygienist will have shown you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You will also have been shown how to clean between your teeth with floss, tape or little brushes. There are many products now available and your hygienist will recommend those that are appropriate for you.